With the Airbus Perlan Mission II officially in El Calafate, Argentina and beginning their flights, the Perlan Virtual Cockpit is back up and running. To view live updates from the virtual cockpit, click the link below:
On July 14, 2017 Perlan weather balloon crew launched the first weather balloon successfully. A pool was used to predict the max altitude. It went to 105,000 feet. Skew T charts and other charts were generated live off the data.
On Friday, January 6th, 2017 Jim Purpura CCM of WeatherExtreme Ltd. gave a presentation at the Wavelength Brewing Company in Vista CA. In his presentation, he discussed a new program in Malawai developed by the United Nations (UN) through the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) which aims to create a network of weather watchers who can share forecasts and warnings via cell phone. Below is photo and video from the event. In the video, he gives a brief demonstration of the current communication system being used for weather alerts.
Monday’s storm system managed to generate a mini-supercell northeast of Sacramento, Ca. This is the first tornado of the year in California.
Fox 40 from Sacramento reported on it in this video…
The National Weather Service issued a storm report and called this a funnel cloud. But the rotating winds are clearly extending to the ground, making it a tornado.
The Base Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity are shown from 2:00 pm Monday, January 9. The Reflectivity shows hints of a supercell, including a rear flank downdraft wrapping into the storm. The Storm Relative Velocity at the same time indicates rotation in the updraft above the ground. These are signs to the warning forecaster the storm could produce a tornado.
Although a brief tornado was produced, there were no reports of any damage as this occurred in an open field.
Jim Purpura, CCM
The Algerian town of Ain Sefra, deep in the dry, hot Sahara desert was hit by a freak snowfall on December 19. It’s the first time snow has fallen in the region in 37 years. View the incredible photos of the town’s sand dunes capped with white snow:
Photo Credits: Karim Bouchetata